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Xerces Society Webinars


The Xerces Society hosts webinars and participates in events organized by other organizations. This page lists all the upcoming topics and dates. You can also find updates on our social media and via our enewsletter.


Please note that we are accepting remote speaker requests! Depending upon our capacity, we can provide talks through platforms such as Zoom and Google Hangouts. Please fill out our speaker request form here.


We also encourage you to subscribe to our YouTube channel. Webinars put on by Xerces will be uploaded here after their stated calendar date, and there are many other resources available on our channel, including the Xerces Classroom Series.

October 27
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PDT)

This online short course is intended for NRCS staff,  Soil and Water Conservation staff, Extension Educators, farmers and other agricultural professionals in the Pacific Northwest, but anyone is welcome to register and attend.  This course is led by Stephanie Frischie and Corin Pease of the Xerces Society, who will discuss common soil invertebrates, their ecology and roles in soil health, scouting methods, and management strategies to increase beneficial soil animal populations. Jen Aron, soil health educator and farmer/owner of Blue Raven Farm will talk about their experiences following an ecological model to grow vegetables on 1.5 acres near Corbett, Oregon. Jen will share in detail how their focus on soil health over the past six years has increased crop productivity and has greatly reduced pests, diseases and weeds, while encouraging a plethora of beneficial insects.


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October 28
9:00 am - 10:30 am PDT

Join the Xerces Society and the Gold Ridge and Sonoma Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) for this 1.5 hour webinar that will explore migratory western monarch conservation in Marin, Sonoma, and Mendocino County coastal areas. Hear from three monarch butterfly experts as they discuss the increasingly important role of California’s northern overwintering groves and how coastal communities can take action to protect and restore critical monarch habitat. This webinar will build upon the growing awareness of the western monarch crisis to engage public and private land managers in overwintering grove protection and conservation efforts, inspire participation in monarch community science projects, and recommend key action steps towards recovering western monarchs in the three counties. Speakers will include Emma Pelton, Senior Endangered Species Conservation Biologist with the Xerces Society, Mia Monroe, cofounder and volunteer coordinator of the annual Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count, and Dr. Stu Weiss, Chief Scientist and cofounder of Creekside Center for Earth Observation.


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Emma Pelton
Senior Endangered Species Conservation Biologist, Western Monarch Lead
The Xerces Society

As the Xerces Society's western monarch lead, Emma works on the western population of monarch butterflies, including adaptive management of overwintering habitat in California and breeding habitat throughout the western U.S. Emma completed a master's degree in agroecology and entomology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison where her research focused on landscape ecology and an invasive fly that affects fruit crops. Previously, Emma worked at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources–Endangered Resources program as a biologist and on organic vegetable farms in southern Wisconsin.


Mia Monroe
Co-founder and Volunteer Coordinator Western Monarch Count Volunteer

Mia Monroe is a Xerces Society volunteer assisting with coordination of the Western Monarch Counts. She has been involved for nearly four decades in monarch conservation and education, helped start the counts esp with a solid community science role (25 years this year!). She is a national park service ranger in Marin County's Muir Woods and GGNRA.


Stuart B. Weiss
Chief Scientist
Creekside Center for Earth Observation


Stu has wide-ranging research experience in conservation and population biology, microclimate characterization, and statistical analysis. He worked for over fifteen years at the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University, has authored more than 25 scientific publications, and has served as principal investigator for more than 50 grants and contracts (US Fish and Wildlife Service, California Energy Commission, Silicon Valley Land Conservancy, etc.).

October 31 - November 3
Hybrid In-Person/Virtual Event
Denver, CO

Join Scott Hoffman-Black, Sarina Jepsen, and Angela Laws of the Xerces Society for Entomology 2021.  This event will be a hybrid meeting with both in-person and virtual presentations as part of our scientific program. The Annual Meeting will combine four days of an in-person meeting with 3 months of virtual content available for all registrants to access from October 20, 2021 through January 31, 2022, allowing us to reach members all over the world, regardless of travel.  Xerces staff will be giving three talks as a part of this event:  Using applied science, outreach and education, policy and advocacy--A holistic approach to insect conservation; Variability in federal and state laws impedes efforts to address insect declines across the United States; and Climate smart pollinator plantings, corridors, and carbon sequestration:  Using nature-based climate solutions to conserve biodiversity.


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November 11
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT / 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM MDT / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT / 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT


Join Matt Forister, Professor of Biology and Insect Ecology at the University of Nevada, as he explores data from different long term sources on western butterfly species and habitats and an overview of threats in the west.


Matt Forister is a professor of biology and insect ecology in the Biology Department at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has studied butterflies and other insects in the western US for the last 20 years, and has published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters on issues that include insects adapting to exotic plants and butterflies responding to a changing climate. One of the main concerns for Forister and his graduate students is the collection of data at sites in the Sierra Nevada that have been studied for almost 50 years, a project originally started by Art Shapiro of UC Davis.


This webinar will be recorded and available on our YouTube channel. Closed Captioning will be available during this webinar.


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November 17
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (PST)

Join the Xerces Society and the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) for this webinar that highlights insectary cover crop trials conducted by The Xerces Society and research from the USDA-ARS on cover crop impacts on soil health and water dynamics.  Jessa Kay-Cruz of the Xerces Society and Lauren Hale of the USDA-ARS will discuss on-farm evaluations of cover crops and highlight the considerations that went into species selection and seed mix formulations. Data on cover crop outcomes such as changes in beneficial insect populations, including pollinators and natural enemies of crop pests, will also be shared.


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November 17
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)

Join Emily May, Pollinator Conservation Specialist with the Xerces Society Pesticide Program, for this webinar hosted by the Northeast Organic Farming Association (Massachusetts) on how to manage pests while protecting pollinators in home landscapes. Along with providing flowering plants and undisturbed places to nest, home gardens also need to be protected from pesticides. This webinar will discuss some of the key pesticide concerns for pollinators, offer simple pest management tips for home landscapes, give you ideas of how to make your garden more resilient to pest pressure, and help you identify and respond to any pests that do arrive. This event is sponsored by the Massachusetts Pollinator Network and is free of charge.


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December 4
4:00 PM PST; 5:00 PM MST; 6:00 PM CST; 7:00 PM EST

This year marks Xerces' 50th anniversary. It is only because of all of you and your steadfast partnership and support of our mission that we have reached this significant milestone. Please join us for a special online event to celebrate this important moment in Xerces' history. Together with staff, board, and special guests, including Xerces' founder Robert Michael Pyle, we will toast to the past 50 years and cheers to the future. We hope to see you there!

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